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'You know, I'd never have put us down as survivors ... but in reality the valiant die first and the losers last the longest.'
Blue Moon is a fast and funny two-hander, where Suzie teaches Matthew the rudiments of poker, and the country succumbs to a lupine apocalypse.
It is a comedy, a horror, a political satire, an oblique look at the lives of modern Londoners, and - overwhelmingly - a love story.
In a desperate attempt to win Kate's heart, Matthew (21) has wangled himself an invitation to her poker night.
Poker, like love, is a game of chance, right?
He gives it a go online, to get the hang of it, and is beaten hollow by Suzie (43) in a casino poker championship.
Undeterred, he decides to engage her services as his tutor.
We see them at their regular lessons - punctuated by a growing sense of the collapse of the country beyond.
She teaches, he studies, she attacks, he defends, they drink, eat crisps, he bids, she raises, he quits, they talk.
Learning both the rules and the psychological ploys of the game, Matthew also learns a lot about Suzie, and she about him.
Resisting ever showing their hand to their opponent, they bluff to the last, and when all they have left to gamble with are honesty and vulnerability, they play one final climactic game.
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London SW4 6DZ
Performance days & times
Tuesday ‑ 7‑30pm
Wednesday ‑ 7‑30pm
Thursday ‑ 7‑30pm
Friday ‑ 7‑30pm
Saturday ‑ 7‑30pm
Author: Maud Dromgoole
Director: Lucy Linger
Production: Threadbare Theatre Company